According to Alexander Volkanovski, he recently underwent 26.5 lbs of weight loss, just 11 days before his re-match against Islam Makhachev in the UFC 294. Despite his first-round loss, let's have a closer look at his transformation.
Alexander Volkanovski is an Australian professional mixed martial artist who currently fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight division, where he is the current UFC Featherweight Champion. He is also a former Featherweight champion of the Australian Fighting Championship (AFC).
Volkanovski was set to defend his UFC Featherweight Championship against Ilia Topuria at UFC 297 on January 20, 2024. However, before that fight, he was called in on short notice to face UFC Lightweight Champion, Islam Makhachev, in a rematch at UFC 294 on October 21, 2023, as an alternative for an injured, Charles Oliveira. He was knocked out in round one by a head kick.
Although Alexander Volkanovski lost the match, he has recently gained a lot of attention due to his weight loss appearance. Compared to before and after pictures, his belly seems tight and fit. So, if you are curious to know the reason behind his lean transformation. here's what we've discovered.
Alexander Volkanovski Underwent 26.5 Lbs Weight Loss in Less Than Two Weeks!
Alexander Volkanovski (@alexvolkanovski) claimed to have undergone 26.5 lbs weight loss in 11 days in preparation for his highly awaited rematch with Islam Makhachev at UFC 294. The champions faced a battle in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Saturday, October 21, for the second fight since Makhachev defeated Volkanovski for the UFC lightweight championship crown at UFC 284 in February of this year.
Alexander Volkanovski before and after weight loss.
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According to the 35-year-old Australian, he just found out two weeks ago that he would be fighting Makhachev again after the Russian's initial opponent, Charles Oliveira, pulled out due to injury. It implied Alexander Volkanovski had to drastically drop his weight in order to make the cut for a fight with only 12 days' notice. Later, speaking about his weight loss, he told TNT Sports,
Obviously I was holding a lot of water. I was on a little holiday with the family, and I was enjoying it. I was enjoying the sun, had a couple of drinks and eating very well. But it’s funny, I had a day head-start before I got the call up because I saw that weight and I was like: ‘Oh wow, I’m not happy with that.’ So when I did get the phone call, I was like a kilo or two lighter.
Alexander Volkanovski continued, “You have to move some kilos but my body just knows, I flick a switch and the weight went off and my body just kicked into gear.” Furthermore, while Makhachev weighed 155 pounds, Volkanovski recorded 154.5 pounds at the weigh-in on Oct 20.
At the time, some even suggested that Volkanovski was under less pressure now that he had less time to prepare. However, the Australian fighter disagreed. During his press conference, he stated,
A lot of people think: ‘Ah, it’s a no-lose situation,’ and I’m sick of hearing that phrase, no-lose situation. Obviously my legacy is on the line. I want this rematch, and I want this lightweight title. I need this win, and now I’ve got to do it on 12 days’ notice. I’m never going to get this rematch again. This is gonna be the last chance I get at this lightweight title, and that’s why it’s not a no-lose situation.
Alexander Volkanovski was knocked out in round one by a head kick. However, despite losing the match again, he was able to shock many fans with his weight loss body transformation and well as received a lot of praise for his dedication.
Alexander Volkanovski's Net worth!
Alexander Volkanovski, an Australian MMA fighter, has built a name for himself in the UFC's featherweight class. It's no wonder that he has a large net worth given his excellent skills and commitment. According to Wealthy Gorilla, his expected net worth in 2023 is approximately $3.5 million.
Alexander Volkanovski's net worth is estimated to be $3.5 million.
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The majority of Volkanovski's fortune stems from his successful UFC career. He has earned a lot of money from his fights, with his largest payout coming from his encounter against Islam Makhachev at UFC 284, when he received $1.8 million.
Furthermore, Alexander Volkanovski got a basic salary of $750,000, a win bonus of $100,000, sponsorships worth $42,000, and a PPV payout of $700,000 in his most recent bout against Yair Rodriguez at UFC 290, bringing his total earnings to $1.5 million.